The gate: A photo-story collaboration (Now with more players!)

6 May 2018 Creative licence

Well this is wickedly fun! If you’ve been following along, for the past month or two, Christine Hennebury and I have been playing a little collaborative photo-story game. I send her a random photo, and she riffs on it with a piece of flash fiction. Last time, we invited others to join us and LOOK […]

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Photos of the day: Five things that make photographers happy

4 May 2018 Mothership Photography

Dawna and I have worked together on and off for more than a decade. While I’ve bumped about here, there and everywhere, she’s worked in the same building most of that time. So when she accepted an offer for a new job recently, she asked if I would be interested in a little lunch-hour photo […]

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Perspective: A photo-story collaboration

25 April 2018 Creative licence

Are you ready for the latest installment of the ongoing photo-fiction game that Christine Hennebury and I have been playing? Each week, I take a photo and send it to her, and she uses it as inspiration for a piece of flash fiction. We’re enjoying it so much that we’re inviting others to play along […]

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Patience: A photo-story collaboration

11 April 2018 Creative licence

This week, I tried to throw Christine Hennebury a curve-ball in our ongoing game where I send her a photo and uses it for inspiration in a piece of flash fiction. Joke’s on me, as I think this is her best story yet. The last line totally left me wanting to know what happens next! […]

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Ottawa family fun: Open House at Oliver’s Mapleworks

9 April 2018 Ottawa Family Fun

Every year on or around the first weekend in April, the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers host an open house. I don’t remember how exactly we heard about Oliver’s Mapleworks in particular, but they met my planning criteria of a fun family day out that would likely be a little less crowded than some of the […]

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When you revisit your 80s cultural touchstones – and find them cringeworthy

8 April 2018 Ah, me boys

We’ve been inflicting the pop culture touchstones of our teenage and young adult years on the boys, making sure they have a cultural appreciation of the literary and film influences that helped shape Generation X. We were doing quite well for a while. The Princess Bride more than withstands the test of time, and Rent […]

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Euro2018: Walking up the Eiffel Tower

7 April 2018 Euro2018

We’re deep into the planning of our once-in-a-lifetime trip to London and Paris next summer. We’ve got accomodations, flights and EuroStar tickets booked, and now we’re starting to look at what exactly we want to see and do while we’re there. Of course, on our must-go list for Paris is the Eiffel Tower. I’ve been […]

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Anticipation: A photo-story collaboration

31 March 2018 Creative licence

Last week, I introduced a new game that my friend and fellow blogger Christine Hennebury have been playing. I take a picture and send it to her, and she takes it as inspiration for a piece of flash fiction. I love this photo on its own, because it was random and unposed and real, and […]

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The Plan: A photo-story collaboration

24 March 2018 Creative licence

Once upon a time there were two bloggers, who were also mamas, and who both liked to tell stories. They found each other in the big wide blogosphere, which was really not so big in the mid-2000s. One blogger felt the pull of words, and she became a writer. One blogger felt the pull of […]

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Spoiler Alert

23 March 2018 Ah, me boys

We’re standing in WalMart, of all places. I don’t even like WalMart and almost never shop there. But we’re in WalMart and we’ve just walked past several rows of pastel-coloured Easter goodies, and it twinges something I’ve been thinking about. “Hey Lucas,” I begin, leaning down to be closer to his 10 year old ear. […]

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